Rectum-Liver Cancer: Part 2: Chemo can cause severe side effects. It can also kill you!

Kanker Usus-Hati 2. Kemoterapi — menderita dan bisa membunuh

When Jasmine’s daughter and son-in-law came to see us, I asked both of them: Why do you come and see me?

The daughter said the family is not going to proceed with the chemo anymore.

According to the son-in-law, Jasmine was a normal healthy-looking person before the operation. No one could tell that she had cancer. After the operation, even a kid would know that she was sick. Then after the first shot of chemo, Jasmine’s health dropped. She had so much difficulty sleeping, was lethargic and overall felt very uncomfortable, she had sores in her mouth and felt nauseous and vomit often.

Jasmine had to be brought to the hospital twice while at home after her chemo treatment. She had to be carried down from the upper floor of her house and rushed to the hospital which is some hours away from home.

Again I asked, Are you sure you want to give up this chemo?  After all, the doctor said after 8 shots your mother would be cured? You don’t want that? Why not complete the treatment?

Daughter: No, we don’t want chemo anymore.

Don’t you know anything about chemo and its side effects? Chemo can kill — do you know that?

Daughter: Yes, I know that.

Do you have any personal experience of knowing cancer patients who underwent chemo and died?

Daughter: Yes.

Tell me then … why did you agree to undergo chemotherapy in the first place?

Both Jasmine’s daughter and son-in-law said there were two reasons why the family opted for chemo.

One, while in the hospital, they met an Indonesia lady who had been undergoing chemo for her breast cancer. The advice of this lady was to go for chemo! There is a good chance for a cure than doing something else. So this testimony was a big push for Jasmine.

The second reason was, Jasmine wanted a cure so that she need not have to use the colostomy bag. According to the surgeon, after the surgery the cancer can be cured if she undergoes 8 cycles of chemo. So, Jasmine fell for his assurance — Must do chemo for 8 times if you don’t want to use the colostomy bag.

During our conversation, I pointed out that such logic may not be correct. The ability to rejoin the colon to the anus does not depend entirely on chemotherapy. It depends on how near the tumour is to the anus. If too much of the rectum has been removed during the operation, the chances of joining it back to the anus is very remote. I believe, a good surgeon would be able to know this if he /she studies the case properly.

I have learned many years ago that there is a colorectal surgeon in Singapore who could do a great job with such problem. I have not come across any surgeon in Malaysia who can do this. If there is one, please let me know (I would like to send patients to you!).

Now, back to Jasmine. Let us ask a few questions.

One, can chemotherapy cure stage 4 rectum-liver cancer? The surgeon said Yes. Really? You believe that?

Click this link and read this article, Yet again, research shows chemo can make cancer worse! Then, make up your mind who and what you want to believe.

One more factor that never gets into the equation is according to the medical report, the non-cancerous part of the liver shows features of chronic hepatitis. Can chemotherapy cure chronic hepatitis? Would surgery make the problem worse? Can surgery cure or treat chronic hepatitis?

Unknown to most people, after the tumour(s) is resected from the liver, it may just recur within a short time. As an example, read this story: Liver Cancer: 3 cm tumour OUT, 8 cm tumour IN after 9 months

Recurrence of cancer in the liver is a far more important issue than just not wanting to wear a colostomy bag. Unfortunately, the patient and her family do not seem to be aware of  all these.

Second facotr, Jasmine suffered severe side effects after just one shot of chemo. Would the side effects get better if she was to undergo more chemo?

Read what others say about chemotherapy.

Three, what do we do now?

This is exactly why Jasmine’s daughter and son-in-law came to see us for! They wanted a way out. At CA Care, we try to be as honest and upfront as we know how. Any patient who come to our centre will be given this notice to read. If patients come to see us wanting to find a cure, I would tell them, You have come to the wrong place! To help you attain a better quality of life — probably can, but to cure you — NO. Please read our notice.

Some important points for you to know before you see me

NO CURE FOR CANCER

  • Most patient who come here, have already undergone medical treatments – surgery, radiation or chemo. Do these cure you?
  • If you come here expecting me to cure you, know that I too cannot cure your cancer. From my experience, NO one on earth can cure any cancer. After some years cancer comes back again!
  • But if you want me to help you – to give you another option, to have a better quality of life — may be it is possible. But it all depends on you. Because your health is your responsibility. Are you willing to help yourself? Are you willing to change your lifestyle, your diet, etc.?

OUR HERBS ARE BAD-TASTING, AND HAVE AWFUL SMELL

  • Besides the bad taste and smell.
  • You need to boil the herbs a few times a day — that’s a lot of work!
  • You need to take two, three or four types of teas each day.

YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF YOUR DIET – YOU CANNOT EAT ANYTHING YOU LIKE

  • You cannot eat anything that walks – meaning, no meat, no egg, no milk, etc.
  • Don’t take sugar (sugar is food for cancer).
  • Don’t eat oily or fried food, table salt.

TRY OUR THERAPY FOR TWO TO FOUR WEEKS

  •  May be the first 2 weeks on our therapy, you may suffer more pain, more tired, etc. That’s healing crisis. Don’t stop. Hopefully after 3 to 4 weeks you may feel better.
  • If after a month on our therapy you still don’t feel better — the herbs are not helping you in anyway — then stop following our therapy. Please ask someone else to help you.
  • If you feel better, continue with our therapy.

If you are still on chemo or radiotherapy (or are planning to do chemo or radiotherapy), or are taking other treatments elsewhere, Go ahead and continue with these treatments first, do not take our herbs yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Death Be Her Final Healing: Five surgeries, chemo, Glevec, Sutent, hyperthermia and immunotherapy did not cure her

I received this email one Sunday morning.

Dear Dr Chris, 

My sister has returned to the Lord on 1/6, a peaceful passing. Her well deserved rest finally. Thank you for all your kind assistance throughout. Really appreciate that. 

Regards, Polly (not real name).

On the one hand, I felt sad to receive this update. But on the other hand, I felt it was indeed a blessing that she had passed on. She had suffered enough and I knew from the start that there is nothing anybody on earth could do to ever cure her.

Ten years ago, Mary (not real name) was 20 years old. She had a lump in her pelvic region.  A CT scan on 23 October 2006 suggested that it could be a lymphoma. However, a biopsy later confirmed it was a sarcoma of the lining of the small intestine. The doctor suggested it was a GIST – gastrointestinal stromal tumour.

The size of the small bowel tumour (GIST) was 10 x 14 x 14 cm. Since the size of the tumour was really huge, the doctor suggested that Mary take the oral chemo drug, Glevec — to shrink the tumour. So Mary was on Glevec for 2 years and the tumour shrunk to 6 x 8 x 9 cm ( as of 7 February 2007).

In 2008, Mary underwent an operation to remove the tumour and continued to take the Glevec.

One year later, 2009, the tumour recurred. The mass was now 8.5 x 5.5 cm. There was a 2 cm liver metastasis in segment 5 of her liver. Mary underwent a second surgery and continued to take same drug, Glevec.

In 2011, the cancer came back again. There was a new 12 mm lesion in segment 6 of the liver. There were 3 peritoneal masses: 5 x 3.5 cm, 5 x 3 cm and 3.2 x 2.2 cm. Mary went for her third surgery. After surgery, she was given the oral drug, Sutent instead of Glevec.

In 2014, the cancer came back again. There were two masses: 17 x 13 x 17 cm and 6 x 5 cm.  In addition she had a 2.8 cm right ovarian cyst. The two lesions in the liver remained unchanged. Mary had her fourth surgery and continued to take Sutent after that.

In 2015, The surgeon who operated on Mary died of heart attack. So Mary had to find another doctor to take care of her.

Under the direction of her “new” doctor, Mary continued with Sutent.

A CT scan on 4 December 2015, showed the tumour had increased in size, 18 x 15 x 13 cm. Mary underwent surgery for the fifth time.

A PET scan in July 2016 showed that the tumour had grown back again. At this stage, no more surgery was indicated.

Mary was to told to change her drug to Stivarga (RM30,000 for 3 weeks). Fortunately, she did not take this drug which has more side effects.

On 22 August 2016, Mary left for further treatment in Switzerland. This is a famous alternative clinic and she was there for three weeks receiving all kinds of infusion, including ozone therapy, etc. etc. The treatment in Switzerland cost RM 130,000.

No, the treatment in Switzerland did not work either. To be fair, the doctor there was not optimistic at all because the tumour was too big.

Back to Malaysia, Mary tried hyperthermia and targeted heat treatment.

Then Mary went to a doctor who was treating patients with immunotherapy.

Mary consulted an American hospital. She was told her cancer was not curable but treatable! The treatment would cost about half a million ringgit.

CT on 21 October 2016, showed the solid mass in her pelvis had grown to 24 x 16 x 13 cm in size. In addition she had mild ascites and mild bilateral hydronephrosis.

In early November 2016, Mary was started on dialysis due to kidney failure.

On 22 November 2016, Polly (Mary’s sister) came to seek our help. We went through her story above and at the end I said this to Polly.

  1. There is really nothing much I can do to help. Everything that could have been done was done.
  1. She is now on dialysis. Generally, I would not accept patients with kidney failure. After all, people say that herbs cause kidney damage. How can we reconcile this?
  1. After all the explanation, I came to one very sad proposition. Let’s not do anything anymore.Let her live the remaining time that she has without having to endure anymore treatment. She has suffered enough and no one could cure her. Why not let her die naturally. 

No, Polly was adamant that she wanted me to try and help her sister. No, she was not prepared to let her sister die just like that. I sent Polly home without any herbs! No, I was not going to abandon her but I requested that Polly go home and discuss with her family members — the risks, pros and cons of doing something with no realistic hope of achieving anything meaningful. Why prolong the agony?

To my surprise, Polly came back to our centre again a week later. No, she wanted me to prescribe some herbs for her sister.

Okay, deal done if she was prepared to accept whatever consequences that may arise without putting any blame on CA Care.

I told Polly, our first strategy was not to even treat the cancer. Let’s figure out how to help with her failed kidney. Currently Mary had to undergo dialysis 3 times per week. Both her feet (and sometimes face) were swollen.

So we started off with herbs to help her kidney and fluid retention.

Mary started to take the herbs. Her creatinine level improved. By mid-December 2016, the frequency of dialysis was reduced from 3 to 2 times per week.

Date Creatinine
7 Nov. 2016 670
12 Nov. 2016 720
19 Nov. 2016 520
29 Nov. 2016 438
5 Dec. 2016 346
19 Dec. 2016 330
Dialysis twice per week
23 Dec. 2016 322
2 Jan. 2017 365
5 Feb. 2017 330

Comments

Polly was indeed committed to her sister’s healing. I admired her dedication of wanting to do everything for her sister, in the face of hopelessness. She visited CA Care a couple of times to update me of what had happened.

After taking the herbs there was no doubt that Mary’s health had improved! Polly wrote, Her face puffiness and bloatedness have reduced much … she looks better than before she started the herbs. 

Polly once told me that Mary could now walk around in the house and could smile! Before that, she would not smile!

During Polly’s last visit to us, I asked, What happened to your sister now? Polly replied, She is now in Singapore — holiday with my parents.

I shook my head in disbelief and we could only thank God for this blessing. Perhaps at the beginning, I was cruel to suggest that we would just let Mary die without doing anything more. But at that time, I thought I was just wanting to be kind — why prolong the agony? After all we know that this is a hopeless case.

About 6 months later, reality struck. Mary returned to be with her Lord on 1 June 2017.

I now wonder if all the efforts of taking herbs (and prolong her life for another 6 months without pain) is worth it after all.

Mary had gone to Switzerland for a special treatment and spent RM150,000. Then an oncologist in a US-linked hospital suggested more treatments that would not cure. This would cost some half a million ringgit.

Paul Workman, Giulio Draetta, Jan Scellens and Rene Bernards wrote an article, How Much Longer Will We Put Up With $100,000 Cancer Drugs? I  too  just wonder, has the world of cancer treatment gone crazy and out of control — like Mary’s incurable cancer ?

Mary’s case is my first case where I agreed to prescribe herbs in spite of her failed kidney. I would not want to take on such kidney failure case in the future. So, for those of you reading this story, please go to your doctor for help and do your dialysis.

Let me conclude with one point for you to think about. Often — very often — many people warn you that taking herbs can damage your kidney or/and liver.

In this case, Mary came with a failed kidney and her creatinine was better and her health improved instead of going downhill after taking the herbs. You still believe that herbs can hurt your kidney?

Read related stories:

Bring her home and let her die in peace and with dignity. Part 1: The mantra of  NO CURE BUT THERE ARE TREATMENTS is meaningless.

How Much Longer Will We Put Up With $100,000 Cancer Drugs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Recurred Barely 5 Months after Mastectomy and Radiotherapy

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KJ is a 70-year-old Indonesian lady. About three years ago, she found a lump in her right breast. She did nothing about it. Then later she went to a Chinese sinseh for help. She was given some herbs to take and poultice to use on her breast lump. The cancer became more aggressive. It grew bigger and started to bleed.

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It was only then that she sought the help of a doctor in the hospital in Medan. KJ received 4 cycles of chemotherapy. The tumour shrunk. KJ then underwent a mastectomy followed by 30 sessions of radiotherapy.

breast-before-and-after-chemo

mastectomy

Then KJ started to cough and her stomach was not feeling good. On 31 October 2016, barely 5 months after the completion of her surgery and radiation, the cancer came back again.

recurremce

The Indonesian doctor said KJ had to undergo another operation to be followed by more radiation. She was, in the meantime, prescribed the oral drug, Xeloda. This drug cost IDR 3 million for each cycle (each cycle means taking the drug for 2 weeks, followed by 1 week rest).

KJ came to a private hospital in Penang for a second opinion. A CT  done showed the cancer had spread to her lungs, lymph nodes, liver and spine.

rec-lung

recu-liver

Although KJ did not have pain, she was prescribed liquid morphine and was also told to continue taking the Xeloda.

xeloda

Comments

At first I was mad at KJ. How could you be so naive as to ignore the lump in your breast? And even more “dumb” to  believe that certain pills or poultice from a sinseh could cure you! This is madness. But then, this is the way it is for most ignorant people. But for this patient, it is not ignorance — she thought she knew better!

Later, I felt sorry for KJ. One of the causes of breast cancer, according to alternative healers, is extreme emotional stress. We learned that KJ’s husband was murdered by a young man, his former worker. Could this have triggered her breast cancer?

I recall another case of a lady with breast cancer. It was similarly aggressive like this case. Although she did not want to share her experience, I later found out that her husband had committed suicide. Why did he end his life like that? Could it be because of his wife? And then, could this tragic episode be a trigger for her breast cancer?

Lessons can we learn from KJ’s case

  1. Ladies, if you find a lump in your breast, stop “fooling” around with it. Go and see a doctor immediately and find out what is it — benign or malignant? Medical science is good at telling you what is inside you. Alternative healers and sinseh can take you for a dangerous ride.
  2. If it is cancer, don’t fool around by trying this herb or that herb hoping that the cancerous tumour will go away. It will not go away. Have it removed as soon as possible. If KJ were to follow what I have said at the initial stage, at least she would not have to suffer — no need chemotherapy before the surgery. Probably too, her cancer would not have spread that extensively or aggressively.
  3. Then, after the surgery, patients are generally told to go for follow-up chemo and radiation. At this point, it is up to you to decide if you want further medical treatments. My experience tell me even if you do NOT do all these, you need NOT die of your cancer, although the doctors may want you to believe otherwise.
  4. KJ’s case is a case of too advanced, too late. Because of that, even surgery for such a “too late” case would not work. I cannot see how it helped KJ.
  5. Doctors often ask patients to go for chemo and/or radiation, if the tumours are large. They hope that these treatments would shrink the tumours. This makes surgery easier! Good logic but it rarely works as you can see in KJ’s case! As for me, I have seen such failures many times to enable me to write this comment.
  6. Now, the cancer has recurred. She was asked to go for another surgery and receive more radiation. Do you think more of the same is going to work? Or is it just going to cause more misery and making her spend more money? Or is this advice based on “I really don’t know what to do. So let’s try more of the same. Hopefully it works this time!”
  7. The doctor in Medan prescribed Xeloda. When KJ came to Penang and consulted another doctor she was told to continue with Xeloda and in addition take liquid morphine! This must be a cruel joke! Why morphine when she is not in pain at all? Morphine is going to cause constipation, etc, etc.
  8. Then why Xeloda? Go to the Net and learn more about Xeloda. Can Xeloda cure metastatic breast cancer? KJ’s cancer has already gone to her lungs, liver and spine. What can Xeloda do? The US FDA first approved Xeloda in 2001 for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Yes, with time the use of Xeloda was expanded for breast cancer! The drug for colon cancer now also become the drug for breast cancer! Do you see how they perform “magic” here?
  9. Why can’t we all be honest. Read what the late Amy Cohen said before she died.

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At CA Care we tell patients that cancer cannot be cured. Even if you follow our therapy, we cannot cure you. We don’t want to mislead you into thinking that we are “magicians with magic bullets.” But for those who want to know what we do to help patients, take time to listen to all these videos.

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/11/20/holistic-healing-of-cancer-sharing-our-20-years-of-experience/

After listening to all these videos, if you think we can help you, then come and see us with all your medical reports and scans.

 

 

 

Workshop – 17 September 2016 by CanSurvive

Poster

Holistic Healing of Cancer: Sharing our 20 years of experience 

 by Chris K H Teo, Ph.D. —  http://www.CancerCareMalaysia.com

This seminar comes in five parts.

Part 1 examines the reality of today’s problem and discusses our suggestions of what we can do about it. Mainly the solutions are: to seek information and be an empowered patient, taking full responsibility for our health and not to be misled. We need to ask questions and evaluate critically the answers given. Then make our own decision based on what our “head and heart” say. Above all, if you are told that you have cancer, do not panic. Don’t let others dehumanize and trap you!

Part 2 focuses on the present day medical treatments of treating the incurable disease. Prof. Gershom Zajicek warned us, You want to be cured. Unfortunately most chronic illnesses, e.g. cancer, are essentially incurable …. cure is unrealistic. Patients are told that chemotherapy prolongs life, improves quality of life or stops cancer from spreading. How true are these claims? Be aware of the initial positive results which could be deceptive. Lastly, know that medical treatment for cancer is not cheap!

Part 3 lays out the options you have — that is, the option of doing nothing, go for alternative / complementary therapy or go for medical treatment. What if we do nothing?

Part 4 discusses our CA Care Therapy – an approach to cancer healing which we have adopted with good results over the past 20 years. We teach you to live with your cancer, not waging war with your cancer. Our experience tells us that there is no cure for cancer. At a point in time in the future, the cancer can came back again. In this seminar we also bring up the topic about death — it is the ultimate healing for all our problems. Unfortunately, it is an unpleasant topic; but at CA Care we are very pragmatic. We will all die one day. To deny this possibility is a grave mistake. We tell our patients — if you can eat, can sleep, can move around and have no pains — be grateful. Be grateful for what you are and what you have! Be grateful for being able to wake up in the morning and have another day!

Part 5 is Question & Answer time. Grateful thanks to our special guests: Jessie Tee, Heng Jet Geong, Hj. Hanafi Awang,  Manmeet Kaur, Anita Tee and Seah Koo Nee. They shall be sharing their cancer experiences with us.

 

 

 

Colon Cancer: Surgery and chemotherapy did not cure. Disease got worse.

SA, a 34-year-old Malaysian lady, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013. Her problem started with abdominal distension for about 2 weeks. She was unable to eat or drink and was vomiting.

  • A laparotomy and left hemicolectomy were done on 20 July 2013.
  • Fourteen out of 19 lymph nodes were affected.

CT scan on 16 January 2014 showed:

  • Multiple ill defined hypodense lesions in the liver. The largest at Segment 8 is about 2.9 x 2.3 cm.
  • Large mass in the anterior abdomen which extends into the pelvis, size 9.6 x 9.2 x 9.6 cm. likely to originate from the mesentery.
  • Gross ascites.

Impression: Disease progression.

SA underwent chemotherapy and the following were the results:

  1. From 24 September 2013 to 1 April 2014, SA had 8 cycles of palliative chemotherapy with Xelox (Oxaliplatin and Xeloda).
  2. PET scan on 2 May 2014 showed no local and distant metastasis. All liver lesions completely regressed.
  3. Barely 2 months later, in July 2014, follow up showed increasing trend in CEA level.
  4. PET scan on 19 September 2014 showed a few active lesions in the pelvis and liver. Impression: disease progression.
  5. On 19 November 2014, tapping done to remove the fluid in the abdomen.
  6. On 24 December 2014, SA was again started on palliative chemotherapy with Xelox + Avastin, and then Avastin alone.
  7. Post chemotherapy, SA developed very severe laryngomalacia on exposure to cold.

Note; Laryngomalacia (literally, “soft larynx”) is commonly found in baby in which the soft, immature cartilage of the upper larynx collapses inward during inhalation, causing airway obstruction and breathing difficulties.

  1. Palliative chemo was continued with Xelox + Avastin until 26 March 2015. Progress: Initially before chemo, SA had to have abdominal tapping for ascites almost every week. But after the chemo, the last tapping done was in January 2015.
  2. 2 November 2015, CT scan showed:
  • Abdominal mass measures 10 x 14.1 x 15.9 cm (previously 9.4 x 6.4 x 7.1 cm).
  • Gross ascites.
  • Multiple liver lesions seen in both liver lobes which appears similar in number and size.
  • Hypodense thyroid nodule within the right thyroid lobe, similar to previous study.

In addition to the above treatments (done in a university hospital), SA also received treatments in a private hospital. She had 10 cycles of Ebitux (RM 12,000 per cycle). After the chemo SA developed severe rashes in her face.

Face rashes

SA also had chemo with Irinotecan and she developed cramps of her facial muscles. Her gum bled after brushing her teeth.

In spite of all the above treatments, SA ended up having to go for abdominal tapping once every 4 to 5 days.

The doctor wanted SA to under more chemotherapy. SA and her husband were not keen to receive more chemo. They came to seek our help. Unfortunately after a week on our herbs, her ascites and distended stomach still persisted. She still had to go for tapping. It appeared to us that we could not help her. So we told SA that there was no reason for her to continue taking our herbs.

Comments:  It is indeed a very sad story. Perhaps we can learn a few lessons from this case.

  1. From 24 September 2013 to 1 April 2014, SA had 8 cycles of palliative chemotherapy with Xelox (Oxaliplatin and Xeloda). The results showed all liver lesions had completely regressed. Bravo! Very effective, ya?

But how many people understand that this “victory” is short-lived — just a illusion that happen time and time again? A few months later, the cancer can come back again. That was exactly what happened in SA’s case.

Read what researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, USA found out:

Chem-spreads-cancer-Fred-Hu

  1. SA were subjected to many kinds of chemo-drugs. Fist it was Xelox, consisting of Oxaliplatin and Xeloda. Then later, Avastin, Irinotecan and Ebitux were also used. All these drugs are toxic and SA suffered devastating side effects. Surf the net and learn about the side effects of these drugs before you decide to use them.

Below is a long. long list of problems you can expect to encounter if you are treated with Erbitux and Irinotecan. (For the rest of the chemo-drugs you can do you own homework!).

At the end, Raymond Francis concluded that In fact, most people who die from cancer are not dying from cancer, but from their treatments!   

10 conventional med never work Raymond

Erbitux side effects         Source: http://www.rxlist.com/erbitux-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

  • an acne-like skin rash or any severe skin rash;
  • redness, swelling, or puffiness under your skin;
  • eye pain or redness, puffy eyelids, drainage or crusting in your eyes, vision problems, or increased sensitivity to light;
  • sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood;
  • chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out, slow heart rate, weak pulse, slow breathing;
  • symptoms of infection–fever, flu symptoms, mouth and throat ulcers, rapid heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, fainting;
  • symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance–leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, extreme thirst, numbness or tingling, vision problems, muscle pain or weakness;
  • kidney problems–little or no urinating; painful or difficult urination; swelling in your feet or ankles; or
  • severe skin reaction–fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common Erbitux side effects may include:

  • mild itching or rash;
  • changes in your fingernails or toenails;
  • dry, cracked, or swollen skin;
  • headache;
  • diarrhea; or
  • infection.

Irinotecan  side effects        Source: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/irinotecan-side-effects.html

More common

  • Anxiety
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • blurred vision
  • changes in skin color
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • chills
  • clay colored stools
  • cold hands and feet
  • confusion
  • constricted pupils
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea with or without stomach cramps or sweating
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • full or bloated feeling or pressure in the stomach
  • headache
  • increased production of saliva
  • increased tear production
  • itching
  • lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • loss of appetite
  • low blood pressure or pulse
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs
  • pain
  • pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially calves of the legs
  • pain in the shoulders, arms, jaw, or neck
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • redness or swelling of the leg
  • runny nose
  • severe headache of sudden onset
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • skin rash
  • slow breathing
  • slurred speech
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain
  • stopping of the heart
  • sudden and severe weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body
  • sudden loss of coordination
  • sudden vision changes
  • sweating
  • swelling
  • swelling of the abdomen or stomach area
  • temporary blindness
  • tenderness, pain, or swelling of the arm, foot, or leg
  • trouble with speaking or walking
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • unconsciousness
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • warm, red feeling over the body
  • yellow eyes or skin

Less common

  • Bleeding gums
  • coughing up blood
  • decreased urination
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dryness of the mouth
  • increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
  • increased thirst
  • nosebleeds
  • paralysis
  • prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • sneezing
  • wheezing
  • wrinkled skin
  • Rare
  • Decreased amount of urine
  • decreased frequency of urination
  • fast, irregular, or troubled breathing
  • hives
  • increased blood pressure
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain and tenderness
  • agitation
  • bloated or full feeling
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • coma
  • constipation
  • depression
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • hostility
  • irritability
  • lethargy
  • muscle pain and cramps
  • muscle twitching
  • pain in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • rectal bleeding
  • severe abdominal or stomach cramping or burning
  • severe and continuing nausea
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, lower legs, ankles, fingers, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds

More common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • blistering, peeling, redness, or swelling of the palms of hands or bottoms of the feet
  • cracked lips
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • numbness, pain, tingling, or unusual sensations in the palms of hands or bottoms of feet
  • passing gas
  • right upper abdominal or stomach pain and fullness
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sleeplessness
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • weight loss

Incidence not known

  • Hiccups

 

 

 

Stage 4 Breast Cancer: No surgery, radiation or chemo! Only on hormone and CA Care Therapy

Our three earlier posts are on breast cancer — two “rotten cases” and one “rewarding” case. Here is another one for you ponder on. 

e-mail:  10 October 2015

Dear Dr. Chris Teo,

My name is D. I am 37 this year and currently residing in Singapore. Out of desperation from searching for information about my mum’s breast cancer, I came to know about you and CA Care.

Having bought and read a few e-books from CA Care, I am well aware of the healing process suggested by CA Care.

Background:  Sometime this year, my mother (J, 56) noticed a lump on her left breast. Only until Sep 2015, she decided to visit K Hospital for check up. Upon investigation, the doctor in K Hospital diagnosed her with breast cancer and she was being referred to Singapore National Cancer Centre.

Last week, we had the first appointment at NCC. Doctor confirmed that it was early stage 4 breast cancer.

At the moment, no surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment were ordered. My mum is currently prescribed hormone therapy (Letrozole Alvogen) with next follow up appointment in Nov 2015.

Note: Letrozole is also known as Femara.

Attached are her medical reports.

Mammogram, 3 Sept. 2015: There is an ill-defined … mass …in left breast at 12:00 – 1.00 position. It measures 50x 35 mm.

Several other nodules are seen are both breasts. They are all subcentimetre .. and have well-defined borders.

At least two abnormal lymph nodes are seen in the left axillae.

Left breast core biopsy, 9 Sept. 2015: Invasive ductal carcinoma.

FNA left axillary lymph node: Metastatic carcinoma.

Hormonal status: Estrogen receptors positive, Progesterone receptors negative, CerbB2 negative.

Bone scan, 15 Sept. 2015: Increased tracer uptake in the right humeral head / proximal shaft.

I have spoken to my mum about your work and she is willing to heed your advice. Therefore, may I bring her over to Penang to see you asap? Dear Chris, please advice her and save her… 

Reply: If you think I can help you, yes– come with all medical reports and scan …. Monday to Thurs at 11 a.m. 

e-mail:  2 November 2015

D from Singapore here. It’s almost a month since we visited you in CA Care. I have to thank you for helping and speaking to my mum with regards to her breast cancer …  my mum will be having her 2nd review (blood test) at NCC tomorrow, 3rd November. I will update you.

e-mail: 31 January 2016

Hi Chris,

Attached is my mother’s latest scan in Dec 2015. Verified that all tumors had shrunk in sizes and some had even disappeared.

To recap, my mother had been taking your herbs since Sep 2015 + Aromatase Inhibitor (Letrozole Alvogen) to block the estrogen. Any comments for the progress?

1 Finding 2 Conclusion

 

Comments

This is indeed a unique and amazing case! Why?

If you have a lump in your breast, it is most likely that you will be asked to have it removed. Then after the surgery, you will be asked to go for chemo and radiation. Then and only then would you be asked to take Tamoxifen or Femara for 5 years! That’s the norm — especially if you are to go to a private hospital and have the money to pay for the medical bills.

When this “healthy” 56-yer-old lady came and told us that she got none of these invasive treatments (except Femara) we were surprised — can this be an improved, non-money-driven-therapy? How great it would be if most women were treated this way!

After about two months on CA Care Therapy and Femara, the tumours shrunk and some seemed to have disappeared (listen to video). That is amazing.

And what is even more amazing is that the oncologist did not object to the patient taking herbs! In fact he was supportive of her doing so. Rarely can you find such a situation! Generally, patients are scolded and told NOT to take “unscientific and unproven” therapy like herbs. Patients are often told that herbs can destroy the liver or kidney!

In the U.S. some doctors would label alternative healers as quacks or snake oil peddlers. We are glad to learn that alternative healers do have some “friends” among the medical doctors in modern, no-nonsense Singapore! Bravo!

This patient came to see us twice. On both occasions she looked healthy — there was nothing much that bothered her, apart from knowing that there are lumps in her breasts, around the neck and chest. But as we always tell patients — let us learn to live with the cancer, not declaring war on the cancer!

If you can eat, can sleep, can move around and have no pain then be grateful for what you are. As it is this patient still has a job and is happily working! Imagine what happens if she was to undergo chemo and radiation — quality life gone but the cancer would not be cured anyway. Or possibly the cancer may even spread more extensively and aggressively after these treatments!

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Colon Cancer: When Medical Treatments Did Not Cure Them

The past few weeks, many patients came to us with problem of colon-rectal cancer. Let us share with you some of the cases. We hope the experiences of these patients could provide us some lessons. Perhaps we don’t have to travel the same road that they took!

Case 1: Stage 4 Colon Cancer – surgery and chemo. Kidney problem and told to go for more chemo?

Dear Dr Teo,

My name is SL, aged 50 this year and I am from Singapore. I am writing to you in hope that you can provide me with medical advice regarding my condition.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in April 2015. Since then, I have gone through an operation to have a stoma attach to my stomach and had received 8 chemotherapy sessions. The first 6th treatment, I was still able to take the side effects, but the 7th chemo treatment onward, I felt relatively weak.

After the last treatment and a CT scan, the oncologist told me that there is a swelling on my left kidney and was referred to the urologist. The urologist told me that the disease has pressed on my urinary tract which require an operation to have a permanent stoma bag for my urine. I am not comfortable with that idea as I am currently having a stoma bag for my solid waste, which has caused me a great due of stress. I told him that I will observe and monitor my situation first. The oncologist has also advise me to go for 2 more chemo treatment again with a different drug as my cancer marker had increase from 40 plus to 60 plus. The initial scan shows 1000 over and has significantly decrease to now. I am dishearten that I would need to go through chemotherapy again.

I am stuck at a crossroad now and I am seriously considering my next medical approach to recovery. I was introduced and recommended by one of a church member with regards to the medical services you provide at your center. I wish that it can be possible for me to receive treatment from you but I would like to hear from you first of your views to my condition.

I look forward to your reply. Thank you. Yours Sincerely. 

Reply:  Sorry SL, it is indeed very, very hard for me to say anything. The chemo has done a lot of damage to your body and your kidney. It is difficult for  me to repair such damage. Honestly, I really don’t know what to say. To go for more chemo?  — for what? But to tell you not to go for chemo is also not right. I suggest that you pray and ask God for guidance. Let Him guide you. And then follow what God tells you in your heart. If you want to know more about what I do, go to www.CancerCareMalaysia.com

Dear Dr. Teo,

I  have read up on the herbal therapy done at your clinic. After praying about it, I feel that it would be best for me to visit your clinic. I will be able to show you my medical reports and I hope you can advise me if I am suitable to receive treatment from you or not. If it’s possible, I would like to arrange for an appointment with you. Thank you.

Reply: Yes, you are welcome to come and see me Monday to Friday at about 11 a.m. You can come in the morning and return in the evening /afternoon. Let me know.

Case 2:  Meaningless Decline of CEA and Shrinkage of Liver Tumour After Chemotherapy
Patient 2 (P2) is 67 years old. His problems started in October 2014, when he had constipation and later passing out stools with blood. A colonoscopy was done which showed that he had colon cancer.

P2 underwent surgery.  Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to his liver. P2 had 5 cycles of chemotherapy with Oxaloplatin. At the same he also took Xeloda for 5 cycles.

After chemotherapy, the CEA dropped and the tumour in his liver shrunk. Bravo!

But this great news did not last long. Soon afterwards, the CEA climbed up again and there were more and bigger tumours in his liver and other parts of the body.

Date CEA
8 January 2015 61.5 H – before chemotherapy
2 March 2015 38.2 H – while on chemo
4 May 2015   8.8 H
13 July 2015 10.7 H  – did more chemo!
19 October 2015 87.0 H  – more chemo, change drugs
CT scan 8 January 2015 – before chemotherapy 27 April 2015 – after 5 cycles of chemotherapy 11 August 2015 – before going for 2nd round of chemotherapy
1. There are hepatic hypodensities see in segments 6/7.

2. Largest is in segment 6 measuring 3.8 x 2.4 cm.

3. A new segment 7 lesion seen.

4. There is a nodule in the left inguinal canal.

5. There is a soft tissue mass present between the left 10th and 11th rib, suspicious of a metastatic deposit.

6. There is NO soft tissue thickening at the anastamotic site and laparotomy scar to suggest local recurrence.

1. Hypodensisties in segments 6 and 7 of the liver are all smaller. These are suspicious of metastases. No new lesion is seen.

2. A metastatic nodule to the right intercostal node is also smaller.

3. Left inguinal soft tissue suspicious for peritoneal spread of disease is also smaller.

4. No recurrence is seen at the bowel anastomic site.

  1. Interval increase in the number and size of liver hypodense lesions.

2. New hypodense lesions in segment 8/6, segment 4a/8, and segment 6/7.

3. Small left inguinal hernia with stable enhancing peritoneal thickening, suspicious for peritoneal metastasis.

4. No enhancing mass at the bowel anastomosis to suggest local recurrence.

Since surgery and the first round of chemotherapy did not cure P2, the doctor suggested more chemotherapy! Starting in August 2015,  P2 received another 3 cycles of chemotherapy with Oxaloplatin + oral Xeloda.  Unfortunately, these treatment was not effective. The CEA started to climb higher, from 10.7 in July to 87.0 in October 2015.

The doctor decided to change to another chemo regime. This time, P2 received Irinotecan + oral Xeloda. The doctor was not sure how many cycle P2 had to undergo with this regimen.

P2 said after the chemo:

  • The first week, he had no appetite and was tired.
  • The second week. he regained 50 percent of his wellbeing.
  • The third week, overall regained 80 to 90 percent of his health.

Since P2 showed during his consultation with us that he was still going to chemotherapy, we suggested that he goes home first and do not take any of our herbs.

Later, we received this e-mail from P2.

In your book you mentioned that those undergoing chemo can take capsule A and B to reduce the side effects.
Can I do that now ? I am more tired and the nausea lasted longer than before

Reply: If you want to continue taking the chemo — go ahead and complete your chemo first. When they cannot do anything else for you, then come and see me again. No use trying to make your own combination of treatment. Either you follow your doctor or you follow me.

Case 3: Surgery, chemo, radiation – the cancer spread to his lung 

In May 2014, I received an email below:

Dear Dr Teo,

Thank you very much for your kindness in helping the cancer patients.

My colleague (57 years old) had just underwent rectal tumour operation and he is very worried that he might have to go for chemotherapy or radiotherapy. For your information he is diagnosed with rectal cancer stage II. We would like to go to Penang to get consult you.

We met P3 and prescribed him with herbs. We also told him to take care of his diet, change his high-pressured-lifestyle and take it easy. During our meeting, P3 also told us that he was going to undergo dendritic cell therapy to be administered with a doctor whom he knows. The treatment originated from Japan and the whole treatment would cost something like RM 65,000.  Although I did not object to what he wanted to do, I told him about another patient who had similar treatment. He had lung cancer. Started the dendritic cell therapy in Singapore – it was a failure. He then flew to Japan and continued with more dendritic cell therapy. He died.

P3 apparently took our herbs and took care of his diet. Initially we saw P5 two or three times but after that he “disappeared from our radar.”

Later, we received this email.
Dear Prof. Dr. Chris Teo,

My blood test result is bad and is increasing daily

  • 19 May 2014 before undergoing dentritic cell therapy my CEA was 1.4.

I started consuming herbal medicine given by CA Care.

  • 4 July 2014 after completion of 6 X 4 jab (24 jabs) of dentritic cell therapy my CEA was 11.3
  • 9 July 2014 go for second opinion CEA was even higher 13.4 

This is very worrying and I am very concerned about metastatic spread. Please help.  How to stop the CEA to increase soonest.

I’ve just done my colonoscopy again this afternoon and the surgeon told me that the intestine is joining up well at my rectum and tomorrow morning at 11 am he is going to do the surgery by rejoining the intestine to my stomach and seal the hole. Expected to be admitted for a week. Best Regards.

P3 was again out of our radar, not until November 2015.  This is the email.

Dear Dr Teo,

It has been 15 months that since we last wrote to you.  How are you Dr Teo?  I wish that you are always in good health.  I still read your stories, write-up on your web-site.  Your kindness in helping the patients is greatly appreciated.

Patient  has been doing chemotherapy since August 2014 and has been monitored by the doctor closely.  However, recently he was informed by the doctor that the cancer cell had spread from the rectum (stage 4) to right lung.

We do not know what to do now as we think that he has been in the good hand all this while. Dr Teo,  please let us have your advice. Thank you very much.  

 Note: Chemotherapy since August 2014:

  • From 5-August 2014, chemo drugs used: oxaliplatin + 5FU + Avastin.
  • 13-10-2014, done IMRT (Intensity-modulated radiation therapy) for 6 weeks.
  • After IMRT, continued with chemo — Avastin, 5FU. Still ongoing.
  • 28-9-2015, had needle radiotherapy (radiofrequency ablation) because of 2 tiny spots on the right lung.
  • 19-10-2015, oxaliplatin was introduced again and 5 FU still on.

Since August 2014 the CEA was always higher than normal range and CEA dropped to within normal range in May 2015.  But for the past two months, the CEA was going up again.  His recent CEA was 14.7. 

Awaiting your comment please.

Case 4: Surgery and Xeloda did not stop this colon cancer from recurring

As we were dealing with many cases of colon cancer, a friend (P4) dropped by our centre. He is 70 years old and was diagnosed with rectosigmoid cancer in October 2014.

Chee LSeng Colon

P4 underwent a surgery and the histopathology report indicated a Duke Stage B cancer with no spread to the nodes or other parts of the body. After the discharge from the hospital, P3 was given oral chemo-drug, Xeloda which he took faithfully.

Barely a year later, October 2015, the cancer recurred. P4 underwent another surgery. The histopathology report confirmed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the colon, recurrent in the abdominal wall.

Now, what is P4 going to do now? He had two options: Go back to his doctor and undergo chemotherapy. Or, he come to us and opt for non-medical management of his cancer. P3 decided not to undergo further chemotherapy.

Let me ask you to reflect on these two quotations:

Insanity both

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Let me end by sharing with you one case which fortunately seldom happen at CA Care — a patient who does not want to share his story.

P5 is a man in his early 50s. He flew in from Singapore to seek advice about his colon cancer. As he sat down to talk, he requested that this consultation should not be video-taped. I assured him that there is no need to worry — we would not stop our video-tapping but we would not use “his” video conversation with us.

I casually asked him: How do you come to know about us?

His answer: I went into your website and read the articles your wrote. I also watched the videos you put up in the You Tube!

My response: Oh you know about us because other patients would not mind sharing their stories, and I wrote their stories and used their videos in the website. But when it comes to your turn, you would not want to allow others to know about you!

P5 started to tell his story. Basically, he had problems of his bowel movements which he ignored for some time.  When things got worse, he decided to go to the hospital for help. Colonoscopy showed a big tumour in his colon. The doctor wanted him to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy first. These have to be done with the hope of shrinking the tumour first before proceeding with surgery.

P5 was not happy with the doctor’s suggestion. He would not want to go for chemotherapy or surgery. After learning about us, he decided to fly all the way from Singapore to see us. He was hoping to take our herbs and the tumour will go away. My answer to him: That is wishful thinking and “madness.” I have no such magic bullet. Go home and see your doctor. Let him remove the tumour first. After your surgery, you can come back again if you think I can help you.

Before leaving, P5 asked, How much do I have to pay for this consultation? I responded:  Pay nothing!

Having documented these cases, we have two other colon cancer stories to share with you. These two patients are unique in their own ways. And they are the kind of patients who made our day! Watch out for them:

  1. Conversation with a 34-year-old with colon cancer.
  2. Conversation with a 82-year old with colon cancer.

A Doctor’s Wife With Breast Cancer — How to help? A Dilemma

Mary (not real name) came to our centre with her parents and son. Sometime in September 2015, she found a cancerous  2.5 cm lump in her left breast. A lumpectomy was done and the histopathology report confirmed invasive ductal carcinoma, Grade 3. The lymphovascular permeation by tumour cells are frequently seen. The tumour was positive for estrogen and C-erB-2 receptors but  negative for progesterone receptor.

In view of the above results, Mary was asked to undergo the following treatments.

  1. a) Chemo – 12 cycles. The first three cycles, once every three weeks and the remaining nine cycles every week.
  2. b) In addition, Herceptin will be required for one whole year. This costs about RM 120,000.
  3. c) Radiotherapy, 20 sessions.
  4. d) Hormone therapy — to take Tamoxifen for 10 years (now, upgraded from 5 years!)
  1. Why did Mary come and see us?

She was not “happy” with the above treatment package. But she said since she is the wife of a medical doctor, these are the required treatments that her husband believe in.

Mary’s father said,  Since I knew that she was reluctant to undergo these treatments, I told her to come and see you. I know you from a friend who came to see you because of his wife’s cancer. But it was too late, she died.

  1. Can these treatment package cure your breast cancer?

Mary said, NO! It is only to prolong life.

Since doctors sometimes admit and sometimes do not admit that chemo / radiation are NOT able to cure patients, the next best thing to say it is done to prolong life! Making you live longer, never mind if it is like going through “hell” or otherwise.

Read what Dr. Levin said about chemotherapy.

Chemo die sooner Levin

  1. Chemo and radiation prolong life at what cost to Mary — emotionally, physically and financially?

Since Mary is a doctor’s wife, maybe paying hospital bills would not be a problem. After all, her husband doctor is working in the same hospital and the rest of the cancer doctors are his friends.

Patients differ in their response to chemo-drugs and radiation. You would not know how “good” or “bad” the side effects can be not until you have gone through the treatments yourself.

Reflect on what these authors wrote about chemotherapy:

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In Your Breast (pg. 175-189) I have documented some cases of women who had undergone similar treatment package which Mary is about to undergo! The results were disastrous.  You can also read these in our website: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/category/breast-cancer/

Many people would say that I am just being biased in trying to write only about failures.  Why so negative? Surely, there are patients who are “cured” by these treatments! Agreed, but unfortunately no one can tell you if you are going to succeed or fail with these treatments. If you fail, you may end up miserable or dead. Take you chance.

  1. No herbs for now. Bring your family — husband included, to see us.

I must admit I am in a difficult situation. I am sure Mary is also in a difficult position.

Yes, we have given herbs to doctors who had cancer before. We have given herbs to parents of doctors who had cancer. We have given herbs to nurses, radiographers and pharmacists. We had given herbs to a doctor’s wife after her medical treatments did not “cure” her. We had no problems doing that. So what is so special about this case that we have to share with you?

Before Mary’s case, there was a doctor’s wife who came to us. She had breast cancer. She came on the behest of her brother-in-law who had cancer and was “cured” by our herbs. Unfortunately, after meeting us she said she had to continue doing what her husband wanted her to do — chemo, radiation, etc.  She died.  So, here is Mary. Is she going down the same road?

We could foresee problems coming! Even though Mary might not want to go for medical treatments, she would be under tremendous pressure if she follows our therapy.  How does her husband feel about this? Will he give her full support in whatever she wants to do? Will he agree with the diet change that may eventually affect him and the children?

If Mary is under pressure — frustration, fear or emotional trauma — while undergoing our therapy then it would be a futile effort. Our therapy would fail.  Our therapy is not about killing the cancer cells or waging a war inside you with toxic drugs or radiation. It is about healing the whole person — body, mind and soul. This approach is a total opposite of medical modalities. So, can Mary find peace under this situation?

The only solution which is fair to all is to ask all members of the family to come together and we discuss what is best for Mary. In this meeting, we need to let go of our ego and entrenched beliefs. Neither should we try to put each other down. There is no room for saying my way is right or yours is wrong;  scientific or not scientific, proven or not proven. The meeting is not meant to be a confrontation. This meeting is about trying to help someone make a wise decision, so that she is at peace with herself, following what her heart wants.

Because of that, my advice to Mary was, Go home. Take time to read what we have written. Discuss with your husband what you think is best for you. I am not going to give you any herbs yet. There is no hurry to do that.

  1. As a compromise, Mary asked, Can I undergo all these chemo & radiation and take Tamoxfen while at the same time take your herbs?

It is not wise. Why don’t you go and do all these medical treatments first. If you need help later on, after these procedure are done, then come to us. We shall then help you. A person putting each leg on each sampan will not be able to sail down the river! At the core of this decision is FULL COMMITMENT. Half measures will not do.

Our herbs are not magic bullet that can cure your cancer. In addition to herbs, we ask you to change your diet and lifestyle. All these need full commitment — not only your commitment but also the support and commitment of the entire family. Any doubts or even negative comments can be demoralising and toxic.

  1. No wrong or right path to take

Dr. Susan Love is one of the world’s most outstanding breast cancer surgeon. Listen to what she had got to say.

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Dr. Kent Osborne of Baylor College of Medicine,  acknowledged the outcome of “scientific” breast cancer treatment by this statement:

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Since the end result of the game is uncertainty, we always ask patients to go home and pray to their God. Speak to the Almighty Healer and ask for guidance. Then follow what the heart says!

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  1. An Alternative View about Cancer Treatment

An alternative view of cancer treatment is NOT to regard the cancer as your enemy — the lump in your breast is just a manifestation of what has gone wrong within you. Therefore cutting out the lump, chemo or radiation may not be the answers to your cancer. Reflect on these quotations:

Cancer is not a disease

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Experts are dangerous Marcus

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Lung Cancer: Two Out Of Three Patients Cured By Chemo! True? False? Okay, Just Believe La

Johnny is a 65-yer-old Indonesian. He had been smoking for about 30 years but since the past 15 years had stopped this destructive habit.

Johnny’s problems started in mid-20015 when he had coughs with blood. He went to a doctor in Jakarta and an X-ray was done. The doctor said Johnny had TB (tuberculosis) and was given TB medication for 2 months. His condition worsen. He could not sleep at night.

Not satisfied Johnny came to a private hospital in Penang. An X-ray was done and the lung specialist concluded that Johnny also had TB. But Johnny told the doctor that he had been on TB medication for 2 months and this was not effective. This made the doctor request for a CT scan.  The CT scan results showed a tumour in his lung.

The lung specialist suggested that Johnny undergo surgery. Johnny lost faith in the doctor and told him that he would need time to consider his suggestion. Johnny flew off to Singapore for a second opinion.

In Singapore, Johnny did a PET scan.

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  • PET scan showed an intensely FDG-avid 50 mm cavitated lung mass in the left upper lobe with several small nodules. This lung mass is suggestive of a lung primary while the small nodules are suggestive of metastatic disease.
  • The FDG-avid left hilar nodes and bilateral mediastinal nodes are likely metastatic nodes.

A CT guided left upper lobe lung biopsy was performed and confirmed  a moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma.

Johnny was asked to undergo chemotherapy but he hesitated and decided to seek our help instead.

Listen to our conversation that day.

 

 

In Penang Hospital

Patient: After the CT scan he (lung specialist) asked me to undergo surgery.

Chris:  Operation?

Wife: Yes, within this 2 weeks.

C: Did you go for the operation?

W: No!

P: I did not want the operation.

C: Why did you not want to operate?

P: I am doubtful. We then flew to Singapore.

In Singapore Hospital

C: What did the Singapore doctor do?

P He asked me to do a PET scan.

C: You did the PET scan?

P: Yes.

W: We also requested him to do a blood test.

C: What did the doctor say after the PET scan?

P: There is tumour in my my lung and has “germ” but he was not sure what germ that was.

W: Not sure what kind of tumour. The doctor said it we want to be sure, we must do a biopsy.

C: Did you do the biopsy?

W: Yes this is the result: MODERATELY DIFFERENTIATED SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA.

C: What did he want you to do after this?

W: He asked to go for chemo.

P: I did not want to do the chemo, so we flew to see youright away.

C: Did you ask how many chemos he wanted to give you?

W: Six times.

Can Chemo Cure You?

C: Did you ask if the chemo is going to cure you?

W: I asked. The doctor said, THREE persons did the chemo, TWO had “hasil” (results) but ONE person did not have result.

C: What do you mean by two people have “hasil”?

W: When three persons had undergone chemo, TWO persons will be cured. A majority were cured.

C: Can cure?

W: Yes, that’s what the doctor said. For most people.

C: Is this what you understand by two people had “results”. You understand it as being cured?

W: Yes, That is what the doctor said.

C: Really, can cure?

W: Yes.

C: Two had chemo and got cured, only one did not cure? And you don’t want that?

W: We don’t want.

C> Hey, this is better than gambling. Even gambling does not give you that chance! Please go and do the chemo because two out of three are cured — you better go for chemo. If this is true it is very good chance indeed.

Do You Believe This Statistics?

W: That is it. I did not believe (what they doctor said). That is why we come and see you.

C: Very smart indeed – that you don’t believe. That is why I ask patients to ask their doctors. One, can the chemo cure or not? Second, how much does it cost?

W: The doctor said the first shot of chemo cost SGD 12,500.

C: And you need to do 6 cycles?

W: Yes.

C: You need to pay quite a lot of money. Do you have to sell your house for this?

P: No, no, we never ask him what the rest of the treatment would cost. I told the doctor, I want to go home and to think about it first. My body cannot take the treatment!

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Johnny, his wife and daughter came to CA Care. I must admit, when I first saw them, they appeared clueless (never judge the book by its cover!) but as I heard his story, I must admit this is what all patients should be — empowered and know what you want from your doctor! Don’t be led by the nose believing that you will find a miracle cure.

There are many lessons we can learn from this story.

  1. Many patients are often misdiagnosed — TB for cancer. And they were made to take TB medication for months before their doctors realized that it was a wrong diagnosis. So patients take note of this. If you are not satisfied with your diagnosis, go find another doctor to figure out what is wrong with you.
  2. After taking TB medication for 2 months, Johnny’s condition deteriorated. Do you want to continue taking the medication? Or is it time for you to find out what is actually wrong with you? Johnny took a wise move, he came to Penang to seek a second opinion. In fact, when you come to CA Care, we also tell you clearly and bluntly. If you follow our therapy for two weeks or a month and don’t get better, please go and find someone else for help.
  3. In Penang, Johnny was again told that he had TB — again a misdiagnosis. Johnny did not keep quiet. He told the doctor about the earlier misdiagnosis. It was wonderful that this doctor listened to Johnny (some doctors don’t listen to their patients!). The CT scan picked up a tumour in Johnny’s lung. Just imagine if Johnny took it as it is — go home with more TB medication from Penang, even though the TB medication in Jakarta was useless. So the lesson here is: Patients, speak up if you think the doctor is not doing it right!
  4. The lung specialist in Penang suggested surgery — to be done within 2 weeks. Unless it is an emergency, be careful about being pushed to do things immediately. Patients need to be give space and time to think things over or given a chance to seek a second or third opinion. Why the rush? Johnny was right again on this score. In his mind, the same doctor had misdiagnosed him and now this same doctor is rushing to “cut” him up. Johnny was doubtful and ran off to Singapore.
  5. In Singapore Johnny’s problem was more defined — PET scan and biopsy confirmed lung cancer. This time the doctor did not want to “cut” him up, he wanted to chemo him! Do you learn anything from this? If you go to the barber, know that he will snip your hair. If you go to the surgeon, no matter what, you will end up on the operating table. If you go to a radiologist know that his answer is radiation — they say “burn” you. And in the case of Johnny, he went to an oncologist who main job is to chemo you — or “poison” you. And if you come to us, we cannot do all these. So we ask you drink some herbs and take care of your diet. So what treatment you get depends to who to go to. Who is right, you want to ask. No one has the monopoly of being right. So pick your choice.
  6. The oncologist in Singapore suggested 6 cycles of chemo — the first cycle cost SGD 12,500. The remaining expenses, Johnny was not interested to know! Why? Because he did want to undergo chemo. We always remind patients to ask about the cost of the treatment so that you are aware of what you are going into. Don’t die a bankrupt! Many patients did tell us that they have to sell their house or land to pay for the medical bills. One lung cancer patient spent SGD 1 Million for his 2-year treatment. And he died.
  7. The most important question that patient should ask the doctor is, Will the treatment cure me? Some patients do not dare ask the doctor this, but some do. We wonder — why are you afraid to ask this question? If the doctor is not prepared to answer this question, then do you still want him to put the “poison” into you? Go find someone else who can do the same job but who is more caring. Also when you ask the doctor this question, look into his / her eyes and see how he /she react. See if he/she is being truthful in answering this question. One lesson to learn. Some doctors give honest answers but some give less than honest and biased answers.

Johnny was told that with chemo his lung cancer has a great chance of being cured. Out of THREE patients who have undergone chemo, TWO showed results. Obtaining results is understood by Johnny and his wife as being cured. We do not know how true it is but we again emphasize to Johnny that indeed if 2 out of 3 can be cured by 6 cycles of chemo, then he must go for it. That would be a great achievement. Our concern is that Johnny and his wife misunderstand the doctor — result does not necessarily mean  cure! Results can mean anything — dead, half dead , sufferings or half cured.

Below are some examples of what some oncologists told their patients about the “success” of their chemotherapy.

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https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/05/04/npc-chemo-80-percent-cure-no-thanks-mom-died-after-5-cycles-of-chemotherapy/

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https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/09/08/ovarian-cancer-after-chemo-99-percent-of-cancer-will-be-gone-do-you-believe-that-how-much-truth-has-to-be-told/

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https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2014/07/29/do-chemotherapy-you-have-a-70-percent-chance-of-cure-for-your-breast-cancer-you-believe-that/

  1. We asked Johnny. Why didn’t you want to go for chemo? His wife replied, I did not believe (what they doctor said). As said earlier, here was a couple in front of us — they appeared “uneducated and naive.”  What make them so empowered to dispute the doctor?  We have no answer to that question.

Over the years, we did come across very educated patients but they appeared to being led by the nose — believing everything that is being fed to them. Yet, there are some others who appeared “naive” but they have a mind of their own and they know what the “truth” is!

Let us end this case story by asking you to ponder the documented facts about chemo treatment of lung cancer as we know today.

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Ella Survived Two Cancers Even Without Chemo or Radiation

Ella is from Australia. Many, many years ago, Ella was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She was told to undergo chemotherapy. She refused, turned to herbs and cured herself.

Later, Ella started a mission to help cancer patients in Australia. One day, while driving home from the hospital after collecting her mother’s ashes , Ella took a wrong turn and the road led her to a garden centre. Ella met Jim who introduced her to CA Care. https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/09/08/ella-found-ca-care-after-turning-into-the-wrong-road/

Ella wrote us and later we got to meet Ella in Kuala Lumpur. From then on we kept it touch. Fate has it that 7 years ago, Ella was down with another cancer — endometrium cancer. She underwent surgery to remove the large tumour.  She was asked to go for chemotherapy. Her surgeon said, Without chemo you have three months. With chemotherapy, you have two and a half-years. This means even with chemotherapy, Ella would not be cure! Ella promptly refused chemotherapy and opted for CA Care Therapy.

One year later, Ella and her friend visited Penang. At that point in time, Ella had proven her doctor’s prognosis wrong! We wrote about Ella’s story then. https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/01/28/cancer-of-the-endometrium-no-chemo-you-live-only-three-months-with-chemo-two-and-a-half-years-with-herbs-she-is-still-having-fun-after-more-than-three-years/

Let us admit, then — surviving only a year — we were also too sure! Could she continue to live two and half years and again prove that her doctor was wrong? The odds were stacked against us! For how long can an Australian continue to take the bitter, awful tasting herbs? Will she give up after a while? What about her diet? Can she eat healthy? Forgo the steak, turkey, ham, beacon, milk, etc., etc.

October 2015 – seven years later: It was indeed a privilege and blessing to be able to meet Ella again in Penang. Ella and husband, Peter stayed in our home for three nights en route to Scotland. In 2008, Ella told us, the surgeon said she would have only two and half years to live, even with chemotherapy. But now she has lived three times longer than predicted and still going on strong.

Let Ella tell you her story.

Her survival against two cancers.

What does it take to win?

No two ways about it, if you want to survive and succeed, you need to change your diet and take the herbs, have peace of mind and a strong desire and determination to live.

Lastly, we spoke to Ella about how to keep healthy and going!

Ella Found CA Care After Turning Into The Wrong Road

One of our favourite questions we ask patients is: Who ask you to come here? Or, How do you know us? Over the years, we were given many interesting answers. The answers made us believe that in this Universe, we don’t live in isolation. Human beings are interconnected and things happened for a reason.

Ella, is an Australian. Many years ago she came to know about CA Care. Let her tell you what happened that day.

 

 

Ella’s mother died in the hospital. She went to pick up her ashes and the container was placed by her side as she drove home. With a heavy heart, probably saddened with her mom’s death, Ella drove into a “wrong” road instead of going straight on home.

Ella ended up at a garden centre. She did not know why she was there. Ella believed that mom is always her guardian angel. She turned to her “mom” and asked, “Are you trying to tell me something?”

Ella walked into the garden centre, eyes still filled with tears. She told Jim, the owner of the centre, that she did not why she was there in the first place. Jim asked Ella, “Are you alright? Do you have cancer?” Ella did not have cancer at that time, but she has a charity that helps cancer patients. Jim led Ella to his office and showed her our CA Care books.

That’s how Ella got to know us! Simple story but it has a lot of implications if you care to ask and reflect on this event.

  1. This happened somewhere in Melbourne, Australia — not Malaysia!
  2. Why was Jim so nice to Ella. She did not even know why she ended in Jim’s garden centre. She was not a prospective customer.
  3. How does Jim know CA Care? Jim is a Malaysian who knew Chris a long time ago. They were both from the Agricultural College.
  4. Why did Ella take the wrong turn to go home? Talking to her mom’s ashes, she asked, “Are you trying to tell me something?”
  5. For most people, the story just ends there. But Ella felt there is something to what had happened. She visited Malaysia in June 2007 and took time to meet Chris in Kuala Lumpur. From then, we kept in touch.
  6. In November 2008, we received a three-page fax from Australia with the following message:

“Here are the results of the tests. I am going in for an operation tomorrow 28 November 2008. I will call as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your support and love. Good health and lots of laughter. Love, Ella.”

  • The medical report indicated, “in the pelvis, the uterus is markedly enlarged with extensive heterogenous soft tissues measuring 7 x 10 cm in maximal diameters, entirely consistent with endometrial tumour.Conclusion: Intrauterine tumour. Poorly differentiated carcinoma favouring uterine origin. No evidence of tumour spread elsewhere.”
  • Immediately, Ella had an operation.
  • She was asked to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Without these follow up treatments, the surgeon said she would probably have 3 months to live!
  • Ella opted for CA Care herbs and turned down further medical treatment (it is now, 2015 and Ella is doing fine. More of this later).
  1. “Mom, are you trying to tell me something?” Mother has always been a loving and caring person. Even if mom was gone, she is still Ella’s guardian angel.

“Nothing in this world happens without a reason. That we are all exactly where we are supposed to be, and that the pieces of the puzzle have a tendency to come together when you least expect it.”
 Jane Green, The Beach House

Better to let the doctors take care of her. We can’t cure her!

HL came to see us on behalf of her 70-yer-old mother who was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma. Her mother had been in the hospital for the past 2 weeks. She needed blood transfusion every 2 days because her platelets count was down to 1.0 (normal range 150-400). Her red blood count had stabilized at 8.0. For the past 1 week HL’s mother was given steroid injection.

What to do now?

  1. The doctor suggested chemotherapy and this would be a 50:50 chance. The idea is to “control” the cancer.
  2. If the patient does not want chemo, it is okay. But according to the doctor it would be a “hopeless” case. She could stay in the hospital to receive supporting treatment, such as blood transfusion, etc. when needed.

Desperate and not knowing what to do, HL came to seek our opinion. Listen to our conversation that day.

 

 

 

Gist of what we talked about. We hope that all who come and seek our help learn this too.

Part 1

  1. What can we do with her platelets so low. Let her stay in the hospital and let the doctors take care of her. They have all the facilities to assist her.
  2. The doctors did not pressure the family to do chemotherapy — they are open. To do chemo, they claimed it would be a 50:50 chance (of what?) but not to do chemo it would be a case without any “hope”.
  3. The daughter asked the doctor: Her condition is deteriorating, can she stand the chemo? The doctor said it would a modified low dosage.
  4. The question to ponder: Even when you give full dosage, you cannot cure the cancer, what do you expect to get with a low dosage?
  5. The doctor said chemo is just to suppress or control the cancer. To put the cancer cells to sleep.
  6. Daughter was very concerned about the side effects of chemo but someone told her that chemo had to be done to cure the cancer first. Only after the cure, then she can try natural therapy.
  7. Question to ponder: What happen if the chemo kills the patient right away?
  8. With your mother’s condition — platelet = 1, did you ever ask the doctor if your mother is going to be able to survive the chemo treatment? Can it kill her right away or not? Reply: Yes, that’s our worry too.
  9. I would be very happy if the chemo does not kill your mother. But know that nobody can cure any cancer. When you come and see us, don’t ever believe that we are going to be able to cure your mother’s cancer.
  10. 10.Since your mother is now in the hospital, let her stay there and you should follow the doctors’ instructions. Don’t take our herbs. Because if anything goes wrong, after she takes the herbs, you are going to blame us.
  11. Many people are like that. They sent us e-mails asking if our herbs caused these problems or that problems. And their cases were already medically given up. For this type of people I say — Please don’t come and see us.
  12. When you take our herbs, you may feel unwell first (healing crisis) before you start feeling better.

Part 2

  1. Know that everyone has to die. Today, I am not sick but I may also die tomorrow. That is the reality. It is a fact.
  2. With your mother’s condition like that, platelet = 1, what is the chemo going to do for her? Daughter: That is why the oncologist said there is only a 50:50 chance.
  3. You have to decide, she is your mother. Daughter: There is no other solution.
  4. Do chemo, your mother may die, don’t do chemo she may also die.
  5. Let me remind you. If you don’t do the chemo and if your mother dies, people will blame you and you are going to regret. If you do chemo and she died you will also regret. In life you cannot win all the time. And I know, in cancer, most people are going to lose.
  6. So go back, take time and discuss with your two brothers and sister. Decide what you want to do.
  7. You come here wanting herbs, believing that these are going to cure your mother — forget about that. Our herbs are not magic. We cannot cure her cancer. That is why I ask you to go home and think about what you want to do.
  8. Daughter: With my mother’s condition like this, we cannot wait! Aya, always want to win! There is still time.
  9. Daughter: You mean the herbs cannot cure her? Cure cannot — how can? I don’t see how our herbs can help her. You expect the platelets to go up by tomorrow after taking the herbs? No way.
  10. Daughter: Can she just take the herbs for a while? Well, what do you say if she dies?
  11. Daughter: Are there any herbs to strengthen her body now? There is no magic bullet.
  12. Daughter: While doing the chemo, no need for her to take herbs? NO. Because if anything happens, the doctor is going to blame the herbs.
  13. Daughter: Can she take your herbs after her chemo? We will wait and see what happen first after the chemo.

Go home and Pray

  1. You pray to who? Reply: Buddha.
  2. Okay, go home and pray to Buddha. Ask Buddha for an answer — now that my mother is in this condition, Buddha can you help me and tell me what shall I do now? If Buddha says do not go for chemo then you can come back and see me again. But if Buddha says she goes for chemo, then go ahead and do the chemo. This is the only sensible advice I can give you.
  3. There is this lady from Indonesia. She was scheduled to do chemotherapy on Monday. But on Friday she came to see us. She was not happy with chemotherapy. I told her to go back and pray to Jesus (since she is a Christian). Ask Jesus to tell her what she should do — go for chemo or not. We did not give her any herbs yet. On Monday, she came back and said God has given her the answer. She would not go for chemo. Only then we gave her the herbs.
  4. I am telling you to do the same thing. Go home and pray to Buddha and ask for guidance. By doing this, you cannot blame anybody anymore. And you will be at peace with yourself.
  5. We respect all religions. Many people came here and told us that Buddha asked them to come and see us. Some said Kuan Yin asked them to come. And some Christians said God showed them the way to see us.
  6. Let me say again, we cannot answer all the questions you asked. Nobody can answer all the questions either. The One who can answer you is Buddha. So go home and take time to pray to Buddha. Ask one simple question — What do I do now. I am lost. I have been praying to You for so long. Please let me have Your guidance.
  7. Follow your heart, not your brain.
  8. Now, there are millions of people out there. Ask them and you get a million answers.
  9. For now, don’t take our herbs yet. Like your mother I am just as desperate. I am also in the hole. I give you the herbs … that does not seem right. My conscience is not clear. And I also cannot sleep.

Comments

Many patients and their family members are often made to believe that chemotherapy — even if it cannot cure cancer — can prolong life and can control the cancer from spreading. They are also told that chemotherapy can also promote patients’ quality of life. Do you believe all these?

Ask those who have undergone chemotherapy and see what they have to say! Some told us they went through “hell” while undergoing chemotherapy but so far no one has yet tell us that undergoing chemo is a “heavenly” experience. Yes, some patients did say they did not suffer much during their chemo. Some said they could tolerate the chemo. But some others said after one, two or six shots of chemo, their loved ones just died. So, in chemo it is always, to each your own.

To say that chemo would prolong your life or improve your quality of life — as in the case above — may be stretching the imagination a bit too far. Research has shown that these claims are not necessarily true. On the contrary even the American Society of Clinical Oncology acknowledged that in some or most cases, chemotherapy was wasteful and unnecessary, in cases where cancer was too far advanced.

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Perhaps you may wish to ponder seriously the advice of Drs. Blanke & Fromme below.

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What about the claim that chemotherapy can stop the cancer from spreading or make the cancer cells go to sleep? It is indeed most shocking to know what some cancer researchers tell us.

Read this:  Chemo spreads and makes cancer more aggressive.

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Our final word 

When patients come and see us. Please show us your commitment and show us that you really believe in what we are doing. Of course, you can come here for “shopping” — just to know what to do, but we want you to go home after that to make your own decision. Please do not ask us to decide if you should go for chemo or not. Also do not come saying my doctor said this or my doctor said that. We know in cancer there is no right or wrong answer. So it is no use commenting of what others say you should do or not do. Know that YOU, and you alone must decide what you want to do with your cancer. We can only provide up to date, honest information, but whatever you want to do after that must be your own decision and your responsibility.

You may also wish to read our earlier postings:

When chemotherapy does more harm than good  

Follow your heart not your head when it comes to deciding whether you should go for chemo /radiation or not

Breast Cancer: Surgery, Chemo, Radiation and Hormonal Therapy Did Not Cure Her. Xeloda made her miserable! Patient, Only You Should Decide What You Want To Do!

 

 

 

Look at the Bigger Picture Part 2. You don’t have to “swallow” everything that they offer you!

Look at the Bigger Picture Part 1. Misguided advice about your diet!

Ina called to ask if she could come to our house. She was so excited and wanted to share with us the “good” news after meeting her doctor.

Who is Ina?  She is our patient and also a friend. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012,  almost 3 years ago. She had a mastectomy but declined chemotherapy, radiotherapy and taking of Tamoxifen. Indeed a daring lady!

Ever since after her surgery to this day, Ina had been under pressure from her doctor urging her to go for chemo and radiation. Ina flatly refused! Then the doctor insisted that at least she should take Tamoxifen!

Why was Ina so excited and wanting to see us?  Two reasons.

Reason number two.  Her liver was just doing fine! Now, her doctor did not bring up the subject of her liver metastasis and this time did not “pushed” her to go for chemotherapy!

A misdiagnosed liver metastasis?

For the past two years Ina had been living under stress. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012 and had a mastectomy, her doctor insisted that she undergo chemotherapy.  Her doctor was unhappy that Ina was adamant not to follow his advice! In fact, the doctor was also not happy with a Chris Teo for not pushing Ina to go for chemo!

Ina’s doctor became more unhappy after the result of an USG on 20 January 2013. The doctor told Ina that her cancer had spread to her liver based on the result below:

A few hypoechoic cysts measuring 9.6 to 18.4 mm are seen in the right and left lobe of liver. No solid component is seen within these cysts. No other focal liver lesion is seen.

Ina was asked to go for a PET scan, and an X-ray. Ina refused these procedures.

Then, about a year later, a follow up USG showed the following:

  • The right lobe of liver shows mildly hyperechoic module close to the IVC and the medial part of the right hemidiaphragm. This measures about 38 x 27 x 36 mm. Apart from this, there is at least another mildly hyperechoic solid nodule in the right lobe in segment 8, measuring about 12 mm.
  • Smaller nodules cannot be excluded in the right lobes of the liver.
  • There are two simple cysts in the right and left lobes of the liver, measuring about 25 and 12 mm.

Impression: In view of past history, I would suggest further imaging to exclude metastatic disease. Haemangionmas may also give a similar appearance.

The doctor insisted that Ina go for a PET scan! Ina again refused. The doctor asked Ina, Don’t you tell Chris Teo that the cancer has already gone to the liver?  The doctor wrote Chris Teo a letter below!

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It is nice of her doctor to caution me with this note. But yes, I was very much aware that breast cancer can spread to the liver, bone, lung or the brain. I have also seen cases after cases of metastatic cancer before (agreed, not as many as the doctors!). Let me remind you what I wrote in my book, Your Breast (pg.120, 135 and 139).

Pg 120 Pg 135 Pg 139

The questions we posed to Ina were basically this:

  1. Okay, you were asked to do the PET scan – to know if the cancer had spread to any other parts of the body. But do you want to follow up with medical treatments. Go for chemo or radiation or even surgery again if there was a spread to somewhere? Ina said, NO – I would not want any more medical treatments. That being the case, why go for a PET scan then? What benefit do you get from just wanting to know?
  2. Now, the doctor implied said that there were secondaries in her liver. Ina needed chemotherapy right away. Ask the doctor first, Can chemotherapy cure her metastatic liver cancer?

Before her death, Amy Cohen Soscia – a breast cancer patient in the US, said: There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer. It never goes away. You just move from treatment to treatment.

Was Ina’s liver metastasis a misdiagnosis?

In May 2015, we requested Ina to go for a checkup since at that time she was concerned about a lump in her right breast (Part 1 of this story).  USG of the abdomen was done and the following were the results.

  • The right lobe of the liver shows a simple cyst measuring about 28 mm. There are two mildly hyperechoic solid right lobe hepatic nodules which are probably haemangiomas. They have not changed significantly in sizes since the previous examination.
  • The larger lesion seen near the IVC measures about 37 x 28 x 37 mm. The smaller lesion seen more peripherally measures about 9 mm in the right lobe of the liver.
  • The left lobe of the liver also shows a small cyst measuring about 9.8 mm in size.

The results of Ina’s liver function test were as follows:

Liver function
ALT 15
AST 23
GGT 19
Alkaline phosphatase 49

 

Based on the above results, the doctor “stopped” talking about Ina’s liver problem. The question of her undergoing chemotherapy for her liver metastasis just vanished! Ina was very much at ease. So happy — NO more pressure from her doctor!

After about 3 years later, someone has decided that the “perceived” liver metastasis is probably not a cancer after all. The question which I would like ask is this, What could have happened to Ina if she were to follow her doctor’s advice and went for chemotherapy for the “perceived” liver metastasis? Would she be as healthy as she is today or dead? Your guess would be as good as ours!

Bravo, after taking the liver herbs the results were clear. The liver nodules have not changed significantly in sizes since the previous examination. If the herbs were not helpful, the nodules would have grown bigger. Right? No? And more important, if the herbs were useless, Ina would have been very sick by now! No?

We always tell patients to learn to live with their cancer! We praise God for this blessing.

Ina’s liver nodules are not giving her any problem – and she is well, healthy with no pain; can eat, can sleep and can go about doing her normal daily routine – what else does she want? That is looking at the bigger picture! She need NOT do things to please her doctor!

As a gentle reminder, can you learn something from these two sad stories? Or do we have to write more of such stories to make you understand?

2.3 cm Malignant Breast Lump: Surgery, Chemo and Radiation — Disaster

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/04/25/2-3-cm-malignant-breast-lump-surgery-chemo-and-radiation-disaster/

Selling Empty Promise ?: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2014/05/21/breast-cancer-part-23-does-chemotherapy-make-sense/

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 (The above failed treatment in Singapore cost about RM 500,000)

After All Else Failed They Came to CA Care. Case of Intracranial Malignant Melanoma

Hui is a 9-year old girl. At birth she had many birth marks/moles ( medically referred to as naevus or naevi).  Over the years, these marks became itchy. Other than that Hui had no problem until September 2014, when she was 8 years old. Hui started to vomit, had headaches and seizure. MRI done on 11 September 2014 indicated “a solid mass lesion in the right thalamus measuring 40 x 42 x 43 mm.”

Where is the Thalamus?

 Thalamus

The thalamus is a small structure within the brain located just above the brain stem between the cerebral cortex and the midbrain and has extensive nerve connections to both. The main function of the thalamus is to relay motor and sensory signals to the cerebral cortex. It also regulates sleep, alertness and wakefulness. http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-the-Thalamus.aspx

A biopsy was done and the result showed “features are more in favour of malignant melanoma… in view of the presence of pigmented skin lesions.”

Hui underwent an operation  (crionotomy and EVD insertion) on 2 October 2014. “An attempt to debulk the tumour was abandoned as the tumour was very vascularised.” However, tumour debulking was finally done on 3 October 2014. Histopathology report confirmed malignant melanoma.

A follow up MRI on 11 November 2014 showed “no evidence of residual tumour or tumour recurrence.”

Barely 3 months later, MRI on 30 December 2014, showed tumour recurrence, “it measures approximately 3.1 x 2.3 x 3.7 cm. It appeared to be progressively increasing in size.”

At this point, the parents refused to have further medical treatment as they wanted to try alternative treatment.

On 1 February 2015, Hui had headaches again and started to vomit. She was rushed to the emergency. An urgent CT scan of the brain showed “a dense tumour measuring 5.3 x 3.5 x 5.9 cm with evidence of intratumoural hemorrhage” (internal bleeding).  A left front EVD was inserted to drain the hemorrhage. (EVD: external ventricular drain extraventricular drain; or ventriculostomy. A plastic tube is placed by neurosurgeon to drain fluid from the brain).

A skin biopsy was done over the right giant naevus (birthmark). The result showed “benign intra-dermal naevus”.

Hui underwent another operation – “right re-crionotomy and tumour debulking” on 12 February 2015.  The father said the  tumour was cut out but unfortunately the tumour expanded and the skull could not be put back. Hui was discharged and went home with her head without the “sawn off” skull. However, she was alright and was able to move around.

Unfortunately Hui developed persistent vomiting. A repeat CT scan on 27 February 2015 showed increasing hydrocephalus (fluid) and 2 VP shuntswere inserted. “A revision of the shunt was performed on 3 March 2015 as it was not properly placed.

Her doctor wrote, ” She was quite well since then,  and was discharge on 6 March 2015. We are greatly sorry for not being able to do MRI brain for her as our machine was broken down and her unstable conditioin.”

Hui was referred to KLGH for radiation. The parents were undecided whether to undergo radiotherapy or not and came to seek our advice. According to her parents, Hui was very weak.

Comments

It is indeed a hard case for us to handle. Should Hui undergo radiotherapy? We cannot provide that answer. The parents will have to make that decision.

We have seen many “disastrous” results after a brain operation.

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Dr. Jeffrey Tobia and Kay Eaton (in Living with Cancer) wrote: As far as cure is concerned, there is no use pretending that brain tumours are truly curable.

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Update:

This is a message we received on 18 August 2015, from the monk who brought Hui to see us.

On a sad note, the young girl with the brain melanoma passed away on Thursday morning after lapsing into unconsciousness for a week. After we saw you, she underwent the Gamma knife therapy in KL the following week and a couple more VP shunts. The tumours re-grew in about a week in different areas of the brain.

What to do now? Do we have to give up? Here is a sweet story that crossed our path – a melanoma case that had spread to the lungs.

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Comic available at: http://bookoncancer.com/productDetail.php?P_Id=73

 Information from the Internet

Metastatic Intracranial Melanoma

  • Melanoma is a malignancy of melanocytes, which are pigment-producing cells derived from the neural crest. This condition constitutes 3% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States; it is the most lethal form of skin cancer and the third most common malignancy that causes central nervous system (CNS) metastases, after lung and breast cancer. The primary tumor may occur at any location on the skin or, less commonly, on the mucus membranes or other locations. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1158059-overview
  • Malignant melanoma (MM) is often reported as the third most common cause of intracranial metastasis after carcinoma of the breast and lung. Most patients with advanced MM will have widespread extracranial disease, but the majority will die from intracerebral spread. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7834426
  • 7% of patients diagnosed with melanoma subsequently developed intracranial metastasis. The prognosis of cerebral metastatic melanoma is dismal. Without treatment, the average survival time from the beginning of neurologic symptoms was 65 days in one study . Even with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the survival time has only been extended to a range of 4 months to approximately 2 years. http://radiopaedia.org/articles/intracranial-metastatic-melanoma-2
  • Primary intracranial melanoma is uncommon and accounts for only approximately 1% of all cases of melanoma. http://www2.cmu.edu.tw/~mtjm/full-text/7%282%29p118-123.pdf
  • Central nervous system (CNS) metastases occur in 10 to 40% of patients with melanoma. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3197072/

Treatment

  • Disseminated metastatic disease, including brain metastases, is commonly encountered in malignant melanoma. The classical treatment approach for melanoma brain metastases has been neurosurgical resection followed by whole brain radiotherapy. Traditionally, if lesions were either too numerous or surgical intervention would cause substantial neurologic deficits, patients were either treated with whole brain radiotherapy or referred to hospice and supportive care. Chemotherapy has not proven effective in treating brain metastases.

Prognosis

  • Metastatic melanoma patients overall have a median survival of only 6–10 months and a 5-year survival of less than 10% .There has been virtually no improvement in survival of those patients in the past several decades. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jsc/2011/845863/

 

Breast Cancer: No chemo or radiation. Only on CA Care herbs

Eda – 49-year-old female from Indonesia – had a lump in her right breast. USG and mammography showed an irregular isodenesity radioopaque lesion (9×7 mm) in the upper outer quadrant of right breast with spiculated sign, highly suggestive of malignancy. Enlarged lymph nodes were seen in both axilla, the right axilla being 10 mm in size.

Eda came to a private hospital in Penang in May 2010. A whole body CT scan showed no metastatic spread. Eda immediately underwent a lumpectomy. The right breast lesion was 15 x 10 x 10 mm. It was an invasive lobular carcinoma, Grade 2. The surgical margins were not involved. Eda underwent a second round of surgery to remove the right axilla sentinel nodes. These were cancer-free.

The tumour cells were positive for estrogen and progesterone receptors but negative for P53 and e-Erb2.

On  follow up, a few weeks later, Eda was asked to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She promptly refused and came to seek our help.

 

 

Almost five years later, January 2015, Eda met up with us and said that she was doing fine!

The blood test results over the years are as follows:

ESR Platelet CEA CA 15.3
25 Oct 2010 19 317 0.9 2.5
3 May 2011 23 H 316 0.7 1.7
5 May 2012 12 352 1.0 3.4
14 May 2013 15 321 Less than 0.5 4.5
25 April 2014 10 316 Less than 0.5 4.8
31 Jan 2015 18 322 1.6 3.3

 

Lessons we can learn from Eda

Lesson 1:  Eda underwent surgery twice but refused chemotherapy or radiotherapy as recommended by her surgeon. Even if her tumours were positive for estrogen and progesterone she was not on Tamoxiffen. She was taking a great risk, as far as medical believers are concerned. But does it mean that after surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and Tamoxifen she will be cured of her cancer? Not necessarily. Read this sad story. Breast Cancer: When a so-called “cure” was not a cure  In this case, due to a thumb-sized lump, MT had a mastectomy followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments. She took Tamoxifen for 5 years. MT was told by her doctor that her breast cancer was at an early stage and that she had a 90 percent chance of complete cure with the treatments that she had undergone. MT believed her doctor and did exactly as what was told. Each year she came back to her doctor for routine checkup. At every visit she was told that she was fine.

After 5 years, MT was told to stop Tamoxifen because she was already cured. But barely a year later, in April 2011, MT started to have pains in her tail bone and shoulder blade. Then her legs started to hurt as well. She became breathless and was unable to walk far. MT returned to her doctor and was told that  her cancer had recurred in her bone and lung. MT asked her doctor why the cancer recurred. The doctor’s answer,  “ I do not know why. But don’t blame yourself. It is your fate.  Also the recurrence has nothing to do with what you eat. It is just your fate.”

Here is another tragic story. Breast Cancer Went Wild After Surgery, Chemo-Radiotherapy. E-Therapy Helped Relieve Her Pains

Ask yourself this question, what could have happened to Eda if she were to undergo chemotherapy as recommended by her doctor? Will she suffer the same fate as these unfortunate patients?

To rub salt to the wound, MT was told by her doctor that recurrence was just due to her luck. It is like saying “One-Big-Fool” was running a casino “Up-There.” The destiny of mankind down-here was determined by the rolling of a dice. It seems  more acceptable for the educated to promote this theory than admitting that “scientific medicine” had failed her.

Dr. Lorraine Day was Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. She had invasive breast cancer and had a lumpectomy. But the tumour soon recurred and became very aggressive. She decided to break rank and refused chemo or radiation …”because those therapies often lead to death.” Dr. Day cured her cancer by rebuilding her immune system through natural therapies. Read her story here, http://drday.com/

Paula Black, followed Dr. Day’s foot step; she had an aggressive breast cancer. Without chemo and radiation, the doctor said Paula would have only 3 to 6 months (maximum) to live. Paula had a double mastectomy but refused chemo or radiation. She went on to cure herself through natural therapies. Read her story, https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/01/19/advanced-breast-cancer-part-2-to-die-or-to-heal-is-your-choice/

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Lesson 2: It is now almost 5 years since Eda was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Is she cured of her breast cancer? We told Eda, NO! Don’t be fooled by believing that cancer is cured after surviving 5 years. When patients go to their doctors or when they come to us, they WANT a cure for their cancer. Cure means it is gone and never come back again. Unfortunately, this never happens in the real world of cancer. Our aunty’s cancer recurred after 13 years and she died. A member of our church had breast cancer and she survived 9 years before the cancer spread to her brain. She had radiation and died.

We tell Eda (and also all patients who come to us). Stay on the course, don’t go back to your old lifestyle again. Continue with what you are doing that made you well – why change?

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